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Boys Room Decor and L-Shaped Loft Bed

We get a lot of requests for more photos and information about the L-Shaped Loft beds we built for the boys.

Here is a rundown of the answers to the most common questions we get.

Cost: under $100 in lumber

Size of Room: 95″ x 121″

Size of bunks:

The loft beds are 116 1/2 (the baseboards account for the 1/2 inch) and 100 3/4 inches long.

Width: 41.5″

From the top of the mattress to the ceiling is 3′

They mattresses are standard size inexpensive twin foam mattress

I wrote about how we built the boys’ L-Shaped Loft Beds back in March in this post. Read through the comments for even more information.

This post talks about the bookcase support and the ladders.

While all this building was going on I decided to tackle the wallpaper border (read even more here) and removing the popcorn ceiling.  Because I am crazy.

At the end of all of the building, scraping, sanding and painting we stained the loft beds, put the room back together and hung up curtains that I made.

That was ten months ago. This is what the room looks like today.

The curtains are no longer hanging on the loft for two reasons, one: the boys were naughty and playing too roughly in their room so I took them down as a punishment and two: the IKEA Deka curtain rod didn’t hold up to the daily abuse use of the curtains by the boys and the weight of the lined curtains I made. The rod became slack over time and didn’t look good. I have plans to put up a solid wood rod in the near(ish) future.

The boys are still using the chalkboard dresser from June 2012. Now there is art hanging above the dresser. The “art” on the bottom row are book jackets from David Shannon books that are favorites of the boys and matched the decor so I hung them in frames that I got for under $3 years ago at Target.

The Bro-Bots print is something that I made for the boys. I thought the chevron back drop for the Bro-Bots was trendy and fun and Tim and the boys thought they were tire tracks, that is what I call a two-fer! You can download the print here for free. 

The under part of the loft is all about encouraging reading. The bookcase, fun moon light, couch and rug with oversized pillows is a book lovers paradise. The boys love hanging out under the loft just as much as they love sleeping up top.

The bookshelf is a mess but keeping things honest, that is what it looks like. When I straighten and “stage” the bookshelf it never lasts long because our boys love books and the love of books is great but rarely neat.

I love how the room turned out. It isn’t exactly like the mood-board I made when I first started the room makeover but it is close and gives the same feel of young boys and brothers that I was going for.

The room makes me happy and the boys love it. I would say that that is a two-fer too! More photos here.


Tile Shopping

In an effort to not be embarrassed to open our front door or allow a visitor into our main floor half-bath, Tim and I have hired a contractor to turn our entryway closet into a pseudo mudroom and to also tile and panel the half bath.

I know… PANELING?! but really it is the most cost-effective option for us. The drywall is in horrible condition with bad patch jobs and nicks everywhere so instead of ripping out all the drywall and replacing it, mudding it, sanding it, mudding it again and then priming and painting we have opted to put up some wainscotting/paneling which will be easily wipeable (seriously – boys pee EVERYWHERE!) and much more durable in the long run.

Now that the contractor is booked we have some decisions to make. I have been pinning every half bath with wainscotting I came across and every style of mudroom bench imaginable.

I am doing my best to respect Tim’s opinions but lets be honest, I get final say. Here are some of the inspiration photos I have pinned.

I like this one even though it is more beachy than I would ever decorate.


I love the idea of this entryway. The kids would hang up their stuff if they had hooks!

Today ‘s  job is to choose a tile. The contractor gets a discount at The Tile Shop so we will be shopping from there.  I hate having to think about resale because I want what I want but eventually we will be selling whether it is because of Tim’s work or to move to a different home in the Twin Cities. Would you buy a house with either of these tiles?


Rox Taupe


Rox Grigio

And yes they are different tile. I love the second but I think it might be too grey for the next owners who may not love my “grey is the new taupe” theory.

Sneak Peek: Boys’ Room

The boys’ room is almost done. The boys have slept in their new beds the past few nights and are loving it.

I still have to get some art back up on the walls, fill the bookshelf and touch up where Tim left some Dark Walnut stain hand prints but other than that, the room is done.

Boys Room Makeover: DIY L-Shaped Loft Beds Part I

Over the course of two weekends we disassembled the boys cheap bunk beds (and by cheap I mean in both price and quality- why we thought a set of $200 bunk beds would be able to stand up to our boys is nothing short of a complete brain fart on my part), emptied out the room, mashed together Ana White loft bed plans, shopped for supplies, and constructed two loft beds that meet together in a L with a bookshelf supported loft shelf. It has been a busy two weekends and we are not done yet. However the progress we made is so exciting that I couldn’t wait to share it.



We based our plans off of two Ana Loft plans can be found  here and here.

image from And-White.com


image from Ana-White.com

And by “based” I mean we looked to them for inspiration and for weight load, structure support and general assembly information. I am sure Ana would laugh at the design we ended up with, but we worked with the dimensions we had. I don’t know how many times I shouted muttered under my breath “Why can’t this room be 8 inched wider?!” We built some solid, custom loft beds that Tim and I are both proud of. Last night, Tim Said, as he took a big (and well earned) swig from his Corona, “That was probably the most complicated project we have built because every measurement had to be exact or it wouldn’t fit in the room.” He was right, but we both agree it was the most fun we have ever had on a project too.

I don’t have a cut list or plans with exact dimensions to share with you because as much as Tim hated it, a lot of this project needed to be measured and cut one 2×4 at a time. We literally had no room for error.  Add an extra 1/2 inch on Michael’s loft and Patrick’s mattress wouldn’t have fit on top of his loft.

There were a few cuss words, a lot of coffee and even more “back to the drawing board” moments.

I measured and taped off everything with painters tape to try to visualize the scale of things. This was necessary for me because knowing what 71 inches is and seeing 71 inches is very different for me. If we wouldn’t have taped off the height we would have ended up with beds that were unnecessarily tall or a loft that was so short that the boys wouldn’t have been able to walk under them. We found a happy medium between the two Ana plans above, which (by a moment of unusual foresight and planning on my part) left enough head room for Tim or I to sit on the “reading couch” comfortably without hitting our heads.

Here you can see the supports Kreg Jigged together waiting for Tim and I to grow an extra set of hands so we could hold up all four corners and piece it together. We didn’t grow the extra hands but Tim’s logical mind was able to figure out the best order of assembly without compromising any of the support by putting pressure on the boards at the wrong angles. Even typing that out didn’t make sense to me but I didn’t pay attention in Physics… come to think of it, I am not sure I ever took physics.

I took a coffee break and worked on my photog skills while he figured that out.  Check out the depth of field while dealing with extreme mid day back lighting. I am getting better folks!

I think this is the first photo Tim has ever taken with the camera. Not bad for a newbie. And yes, we work with power tools around our kiddos all the time. They love it, we are safe (except for the large support beam lazily resting against the wall above my 2-year-old)

Once we got going, things went together relatively quick. I am positive we could have finished the construction in one weekend if we didn’t have three kids to get to swim lessons, feed and put to bed. Not a lot of progress can be made past 7 pm in our house.

The boys were kind enough to share a room with Elise for the night and Elise was beyond excited to have some sleep over guests in her pink room. Notice all the stuffed animals. I don’t think she needs any more. We have a full-on plush zoo happening at our house.

We made it to this point and I sanded the wood with 80 grit paper to get it to a safe-to-touch level of smooth, and the boys slept with their mattresses under their unfinished lofts for the week with a promise from Dad and Mom that they would be sleeping on top of the lofts by Sunday the following week.

Patrick was involved with as much of the construction as we would let him. He helped Kreg Jig and even helped vacuum up after I sanded so the boys would have a clean dust free room to sleep in for the week. The kid is never volunteeringly helpful, so this is a rare moment and needed to be documented.

We went from this point on Saturday morning (after I cleared out the room again)

to here:

All of the in between pics are on my awesome new phone, and as soon as I figure out how to get them from phone to blog I will share Part II with you. We couldn’t have made as much progress as we did this weekend without Beth. She played with the kids all weekend so we could work guilt free.Thanks Beth! More pics here. 

Part II